Upgrade successful

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Whenever a new version of FreeBSD comes out, I get very impatient, endlessly feeling itchy and uncomfortable and sleeping lousy until I have finally upgraded my system to the latest and greatest.

The only problem is that upgrades like this are not trivial and there are certain risks involved, for example your whole system not working anymore.

So to make a long story short, despite the dangers involved and the chances of blowing up my poor laptop, I have managed to upgrade successfully from version 5.4 to 6.0, hurrah.

Only had some problems with my wi0 wireless interface due to some subtle changes (I mean improvements) for wireless networks that have been introduced. Namely the following error message kept appearing during boot:

ieee80211_load_module: load the wlan_wep module by hand for now.

This is what I had to do. Add the following line to my kernel configuration file LAPTOP and do a rebuild:

device wlan
device wlan_wep # Added this line.

and change the ifconfig stuff in my /etc/rc.conf file to this:

ifconfig_wi0="inet [ip_addr] netmask 255.255.255.0 ssid [ssid_name] mode auto wepmode on weptxkey N wepkey N:0x[hex-password]"

I had to add the weptxkey N command and the wepkey N: prefix. Replace the [hex-password] etc. values with your own, of course.

That's it.

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Thanks for the post. I have having the same problem with FreeBSD 6.1. Once I tried your fix, it came up right away.

Glad I could help.

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